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1. A freebooting soldier of 17th-century Ireland.
2. A bandit or robber.

[Irish Gaelic rapaire, variant of ropaire, cutpurse, from ropaid, he stabs.]
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1. (Historical Terms) an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century
2. (Military) an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century
3. obsolete any plunderer or robber
[C17: from Irish rapairidhe pike, probably from English rapier]
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(ˌræp əˈri)

1. an armed Irish freebooter of the 17th century.
2. any freebooter or robber.
[1680–90; < Irish rapaire, ropaire literally, thruster, stabber, derivative of rop (v.) to thrust, stab, (n.) thrust]
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FRIDAY BELFAST THE RAPPAREES They're back with a new album and they're hitting the Crescent Arts Centre tonight for what's guaranteed to be a foot-stomping launch.
Following Saturday's Shamrock Stage event at Grey's Monument, back at the Irish Centre at 7.30pm there will be a dancing display by stars of 'Lord of the Dance' followed by Belfast band The Rapparees. Tickets cost PS10 for the event.
The Rapparees, a Belfast folk band with huge crowd support, gave a magical concert in the Black Box theatre.
Living the lives of political bandits--harassing British troops, robbing Protestant planters and landlords, and aiding the Irish poor--these men were outlawed and termed "rapparees" and "tories" (1) by Crown authorities.
In what might be the oversight of the century, or at least of this festive season, there are still some tickets left for tonight's Rapparees show at the Limelight.
The Belfast band, The Rapparees, appear at the Tyneside Irish Centre, in Gallowgate, tomorrow night.
Also in August, referee John O'Loughlin in Wexford claimed he was assaulted and left stretched out on the ground towards the end of a hurling match between the Rapparees and Duffry Rovers during a junior championship game.
The Irish Festival presents a Set Dance Ceilidh with John Limer at 8pm tonight in the Tyneside Irish Centre, followed by Vin Garbett at 8pm on Thursday, the Rapparees at 8pm on Friday, Tommy Peoples at 8pm on Saturday and Cherish the Ladies at 7.30pm on Sunday.
Belfast's busiest folk band, the Rapparees, have been fanatical followers of the Pogues throughout their musical lives and when the chance to pay homage to their heroes came up, they jumped at it.
The Rapparees are on Friday 20 at the centre at 8pm.
The acts in question are Runabay, (Friday, July 28), Emerald Armada (Friday, August 11), The 4 of Us (Saturday, August 26), Saffyre (Saturday, September 30) and The Rapparees (Friday, October 20).
On St Patrick's Day itself, there will be a mass at 10.30am in St Michael's Church on Westmorland Road with Bishop Kevin Dunn, followed by ceilidh at the Irish Centre from 1pm to The ceilidh will take place in the concert room and feature the Tony Corcoran Ceilidh Band and guests (pounds 3) followed in the evening with The Rapparees a new young band from Belfast who appeared in the Tyneside Irish Festival last October.